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Discovery of a unique silver bowl from the Early Middle Ages

On an excavation site in Oegstgeest Leiden University archaeologists discovered a very rare silver bowl from the first half of the seventh century. The bowl is decorated with gold-plated representations of animals and plants and inlaid with semi-precious stones. The discovery suggests the existence of an elite with a wide international network in Oegstgeest.

New publication: The Merovingian cemetry of Posterholt-Achterste Voorst

In this second book of the series " Merovingian Archaeology in the Low Countries" the results of the analyses of the cemetery of Posterholt are are published. The cemetery was studied by M. de Haas MA and prof. dr. F. Theuws. The cemetry of Posterholt  is one of a series of interesting cemeteries in the central part of the province of Limburg where in Carolingian times a number of minsters appear.

Charlemagne’s Backyard?

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) granted the research proposal submitted in the Free Competition by Prof. dr. F.C.W.J. Theuws (University of Leiden, Faculty of Archaeology) and Prof. dr. M. de Jong (University of Utrecht) entitled "Charlemagne’s Backyard? Rural society in the Netherlands in the Carolingian Age. An archaeological perspective."

New department

A new department for the archaeology of the Roman provinces, the Middle Ages and the Modern Period was created in January 2012 with the appointment of prof. dr. Frans Theuws to the chair of Medieval Archaeology.